This week is a bit of a throwback, not to this project, but my first photography project! In my last year in High School, I took a Media English course that included a photography element. We learned how to process and print black & white film during the period, and the final project from that section had a photo project. I chose to work with documenting the churches in Milton. So this week, we’re visiting churches in both Oakville and Milton, not only the ones in the community centres but also a couple of rural churches. Human spirituality has been around for as long asRead More →

The year is 2009; it honestly feels like forever ago now. So why am I writing about 2009 now? In 2009, I had a chance to attend for a second time the Canada Youth event at Brock University. Canada Youth was the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s response to the Youth Triennium Event hosted by the Presbyterian Church’s various branches in the USA, primarily Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA). I did get to one Triennium event, but by the time the next event came along, PCUSA had curtailed the number of spots available for Canadians. The PCC had already started their own event Canada Youth back inRead More →

If there’s one thing that dominates the downtown of Milton is the churches, there are three historic churches and one new one that occupies the main street. This one is mine; I can say that because Knox Presbyterian Church is where I was raised other than at my childhood home. And today I still attend and help lead the congregation. The history of Prebyertians in Milton stretches back to the early days of the town’s first expansion in 1840. The first Presbyterian church in Milton, St. Andrew’s, saw the establishment in 1846 as a branch of the Church of Scotland. I say that only becauseRead More →

PYPS, Presbyterian Young People’s Society, Pick Your Potential Spouse. However you want to call it, yesterday I learned of some news that I never expected to receive. And while I have, like many before me, aged out and ultimately drifted away from the organization a friend whom I met through PYPS posted the following on Facebook. THE FUTURE OF PYPS Hello PYPS family, Recently the Synod of Central Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda had their annual meeting and decided to pull funding from our ministry. We felt that, in the face of declining attendance, the money that has been allotted to PYPS in the past couldRead More →

From 1999 all the way to 2008 an organization called the Presbyterian Young People’s Society (PYPS) was a big part of my life. PYPS helped me with social skills, leadership, faith, and photography. From 2002 onwards I always had a camera with me at events, all film at first, then mostly digital, and film starting to creep in again at the end. From 2003 onwards I was heavily involved in the leadership of the group as well, and every year we would attend a leadership retreat at Crieff Hills. Crieff is a large area of land donated to the Presbyterian Church in Canada by theRead More →

When you think of Niagara Falls, especially the tourist areas like Cliffton Hill and Lundy’s Lane one of the last things you think is a historic battleground. Today there’s an arch over Lundy’s Lane announcing what it is, but for the most part, it’s places like Fort George, Fort Erie, and Queenston Heights that get all the glory. But in 1814 a bloody battle at the cemetery on Lundy’s Lane changed the course of the American 1814 summer offensive. It was the turning point of the whole matter, and it didn’t go too well for the Americans after that. A memorial arch across Lundy’s LaneRead More →

Churches is the theme for week 9, and what better way to capture churches especially the big ones in Toronto by slapping on my 14-24mm lens onto my Nikon F4. I grabbed churches in Toronto, Milton, and one that was partly under restoration in Whitby! St. James’ Anglican Cathedral – Toronto, ON St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Toronto, ON Metropolitan United Church – Toronto, ON St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Restoration Church – Whitby, ON Knox Presbyterian Church – Milton, ON Grace Anglican Church – Milton, ON Nikon F4 AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1/2.8G/AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G VR/AF Nikkkor 50mm 1:1.4D Kodak Ektachrome E100GX (ISO-100)Read More →